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Developing Self-Reliance (1951)

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Uploaded on Jun 18, 2010

Only a year after starring in Dating Dos and Don'ts, waddly Woody appeared in this feature, along with his same on-screen mom and dad. In this film, Woody is again "Alan" -- a young man who lacks self-reliance. The narrator explains that some people like "being dependent," but that those who do "never do any more than just 'get by'." Alan understands this, and after being chided by his dad ("Haven't you read Emerson's Essay On Self-Reliance?") Alan develops leadership qualities and becomes "a happier and better person." As he becomes more and more confident, he starts wearing ties on dates (Does he bring flowers, if it's a ritzy affair?.. oops, wrong movie) and settling school issues on his council. Dumpy Woody is a great screen presence even in a dull film. The angry boss is played by the philosophical janitor from Act Your Age.

Producer: Coronet Instructional Films

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